Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself

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From spy maps and victory banners to spotter planes and ration cakes, Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself brings one of the most defining periods of American and world history to life through hands-on building projects and activities. Detailed step-by-step instructions for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and trivia about the real-life models. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life at home and on the...
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Overview


From spy maps and victory banners to spotter planes and ration cakes, Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself brings one of the most defining periods of American and world history to life through hands-on building projects and activities. Detailed step-by-step instructions for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and trivia about the real-life models. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life at home and on the front lines during America's war years.

Great World War II Projects meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

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Children's Literature
"In straightforward, highly readable prose, it provides a thorough overview of the events…"

Kiki Magazine
" . . . Brings history to life, giving you a glimpse of what it was like to live during WWII through projects and stories about real people."

School Library Media Activities Monthly
"an excellent resource…"

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
"You get a feel for what it would have been like during the war… this is a great source."

Cobblestone
"Includes great hands-on activities…is full of information about World War II from the front lines to the home front."

Travel World International
"A unique, educational book."

Paula Spencer, Woman's Day Magazine's "Momfidence!" columnist and Parenting Magazine contributing editor
"Makes history come alive right at your kitchen table or at your child's desk! A Particular treat for young history buffs, homeschoolers, or teachers looking for a WWII resource full of innovative, hands-on ideas."

Richard Koone, National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, Texas
"a wonderful book that young people can learn from and have fun at the same time. The hands-on projects will stimulate their imaginations and add to their understanding of the sacrifices and inventiveness of that generation. It will make a valuable addition to any educator's toolkit."

Jay P. Tennies, Director, Eldred World War II Museum and Learning Center
"An interactive approach to history that children (and adults) will enjoy. The service, sacrifice, and struggles of World War II are explained and explored with each creative project. This book provides a wonderful way to ‘do’ history together."

Jen Singer, author, 14 Hours ‘Til Bedtime
" ...history and fun rolled into one kid-friendly book. Children will learn about escape maps hidden in playing cards, war-time music and lingo, and how to make silly putty—all while getting a solid understanding of life during World War II. It’s ‘killer-diller’—good stuff."

Arline Zatz, freelance writer
"A great way to offer kids and adults a hands-on way to experience the history and innovations that were sparked by the Second World War."

Cobblestone
Includes great hands-on activities . . . is full of information about World War II from the front lines to the home front.
Children's Literature - Barbara Carroll Roberts
For classes studying World War II, this book would be an ideal addition to a classroom curriculum. In straightforward, highly readable prose, it provides a thorough overview of the events leading up to America's entry into the war, life for GIs on the battlefield, and life for women and children on the home front. In addition, each chapter includes one or more hands-on projects that will help children understand life during the war. From a recipe for sugarless cupcakes—called "ration cakes"—and directions for planting a tabletop Victory Garden, to building "spotter" aircraft models and creating a Morse-code signaling device, there are projects that will appeal to many different interests. Grandparents and other older adults will also find these projects to be excellent vehicles for sharing personal memories and experiences with young children. This book is part of the "Learn Some Hands-On History" series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977129416
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Series: Build It Yourself Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 571,855
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author


Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt is an award-winning freelance writer who has contributed to American Profile, Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal, Go, and The Washington Post. She is the author of Amazing Maya Inventions and Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2006

    Excellent resource for home educators and teachers!

    Goodbye, long boring lessons about World War II! In this book, kids will find valuable information about America's participation in World War II, presented in a format that is easy to understand. Better yet, kids can delve into projects that will bring the era to life as they create secret codes for passing messages, airplane models, ration cakes and learn how to prepare a care package for a soldier fighting our current war. This book tells many of the interesting stories of the war - kids will learn about Navajo code talkers, the African Americans known as the Tuskegee airmen and women at home and in the danger zone. My kids will get much use from these pages!

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